Internazionale will hope to maintain Serie A sides' positive run against Israeli opponents as they visit Hapoel Beer-Sheva in UEFA Europa League Group K.
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New Internazionale coach Stefano Pioli must hit the ground running at Hapoel Beer-Sheva if his side are to have any hope of making it through to the UEFA Europa League round of 32.
• Hapoel have to at least match Southampton's result to have any chance of qualifying for the round of 32; Inter need to win or they cannot qualify.
• Sparta are through with a victory or a draw; Southampton progress with a win if Hapoel do not beat Inter.
• Miguel Vítor and Maor Buzaglo scored as Hapoel inflicted a shock 2-0 defeat on Inter at San Siro on matchday one; it was the clubs' first meeting, and both teams' maiden competitive fixture against a side from their opponents' home country.
• In 13 UEFA competition fixtures between Italian and Israeli clubs, the Serie A representatives have posted six wins, three draws and four defeats; Hapoel's victory ended a seven-game unbeaten run (W5 D2) for Italian teams against Israeli counterparts.
• Hapoel have not scored in three Group K matches since that success in Milan (D1 L2) and have yet to register a group stage goal at the Turner Stadium, where their record this season (including UEFA Champions League qualifying) is W3 D1 L1.
• Inter have not won in six European away fixtures – three draws followed by three defeats.
• The Israeli side are making their UEFA group stage debut this term, having fallen to Celtic in the UEFA Champions League play-offs.
• UEFA Cup winners in 1991, 1994 and 1998, Inter have successfully negotiated both of their previous UEFA Europa League group stage campaigns.
Links and trivia
• The journey from Milan to Beer Sheva is around 2,700km.
• Inter have played more UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League games than any other club, 179, and have also won (88) and drawn (43) the most matches in the competitions.
• Beer-Sheva boss Barak Bakhar steered the club to their first Israeli championship in 2015/16, his first season in charge. He previously landed the 2013/14 Israeli Cup at the helm of Kiryat Shmona, where he had spent the bulk of his playing career as a defender.
• Stefano Pioli was appointed by Inter on 8 November following the dismissal of Frank de Boer. A centre-back, he helped Fiorentina reach the 1989/90 UEFA Cup final as a player and steered Parma through the 2006/07 UEFA Cup group stage as a coach, as well as taking Lazio all the way to last season's round of 16.